How did Ernie Sigley die? Aussie broadcaster, 82, battled Alzheimer's for five years

The Gold Logie award winner died aged 82 and is survived by his wife of 47 years, Glenys, and their four children - Matthew, Guy, David and Emma

                            How did Ernie Sigley die? Aussie broadcaster, 82, battled Alzheimer's for five years
Australian personality Ernie Sigley died aged 82 following a battle with Alzheimer's (3AW Melbourne)

It's a sad day for people who were acquainted with Gold Logie winning Ernie Sigley who passed away aged 82 on August 15. One of Australia's most loved people, Sigley was a multi-dimensional entertainer. He was a host, radio presenter, a singer, and much more - all packed into one individual - and his loss is being felt and grieved by people on the Internet. Sigley leaves behind his wife of 47 years Glenys and their four children - Matthew, Guy, David, and Emma. 

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How did Ernie Sigley die?

Melbourne-born entertainer, Ernie Sigley's death was announced by his family. Sigley had been battling Alzheimer's for the past five years and at the time of his death, he was in residential care. He died peacefully aged 82 and the curtains came down on the celebrated life of the "little Aussie battler" who entertained his audiences for six long decades. Apart from all the love and adulation from people who loved him, Sigley also received the nod from the industry he belonged to and bagged several Gold Logie's, 21 to be precise. 

Sigley who is being hailed as an "Aussie Icon" after his death began his career with radio in Melbourne in 1952 at the age of 14. Five years down the line, he was making his first television appearance hosting 'Teenage Mailbag' on Channel 7. Sigley had moved to London briefly to work with BBC and then Radio Luxembourg after which he returned back to his homestead where he continued hosting his own TV show amongst others. For the final stint of his career, Sigley returned to where he started from and hosted 3AW's afternoon radio program and finally retired in 2008. 


Internet says 'Thanks for the memories' 

"Rest peacefully Ernie Sigley. Thanks for the memories," tweeted a Sigley fan. "Oh! Little Ernie Sigley gone. Remember him hosting Adelaide Tonight Show in the 60's - He was soo cheeky, him & Ann Wills..... Condolences to his Family & Remembered by All his Fans," another fan tweeted. "Ernie Sigley set my parents up on a blind date in Adelaide in the rollicking sixties. He will always have a special place in our hearts. Sending lots of love from my family to yours @MatthewSigley#Vale" another user tweeted.

"Very sad to hear of Ernie Sigley’s death. His unique larrikin style made it look easier than it really is. TV, radio, recording success & live concerts - what a great career! But his greatest pride was his family. He was kind to me so I’ll be sad but honored to pay tribute today," tweeted Aussie reporter Peter Ford. "Ernie Sigley was an unbelievably warm and generous person. I loved every moment I spent with him. He took an interest in me when I first started at 3AW and made me feel like I belonged. I’ve never forgotten that. My thoughts are with the entire Sigley family. He’ll be missed," another tweet read.








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